Lawrie IP senior management team from L-R: Craig Hutchison, Donald Lawrie, Diane Cameron, Sharon Mackison
Lawrie IP, an independent Scottish firm of patent and trademark attorneys, is unveiling ambitious plans to boost its turnover from almost £2 million to £5m and double its number of employees over the next five years.
It plans to target businesses across Europe and beyond, as well as continuing to grow throughout the UK.
The Glasgow-headquartered firm was founded by Donald Lawrie in 2010 to offer intellectual property (IP) services - including advice on patents, trademarks, copyright and designs – to a range of clients. In particular, it has worked with Scottish SMEs in a variety of sectors, including food and drink, life sciences, oil and gas, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, energy, optics and television and radio.
Donald Lawrie is a chartered patent attorney, European patent attorney and a European trademark and design attorney. Before launching Lawrie IP, he worked for one of the UK and Europe’s largest firms of patent and trademark attorneys.
Lawrie IP has gone from one person – founder Donald Lawrie – to 17 employees in the last eight years and now has a turnover approaching £2m. It is aiming to grow its team to more than 30 by 2023 while doubling its turnover to £5m.
Donald Lawrie said a challenge for the IP industry in Scotland is a shortage of qualified people. He explained: “One of the biggest issues for our industry is recruitment. There are fewer than 30 chartered trademark attorneys and only around 100 chartered patent attorneys in active practice in Scotland. We’ll be looking to attract qualified professionals to Scotland as well as taking on trainees.
“As well as continuing to expand our client base in Scotland, we aim to grow our business throughout the UK and overseas. We have shown that we have the ability to expand quickly since we launched in 2010 and I’m confident the business has the potential to achieve our ambitious growth plans.
“We pride ourselves on giving clear, accessible and, most importantly, useful IP advice to all our clients. This will remain our philosophy as we grow.”
The firm has recently brewed its own beer, Lawrie IPA – including a Blood Orange IPA called Without Prejudice - to support its upcoming business development activities and, in particular, to illustrate the importance of IP to the food and drink industry.
Lawrie IP is delivering a master class workshop on the value of protecting IP for new businesses at the Startup Summit at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 31 October. It will also be exhibiting at the upcoming Scotland Food and Drink AGM in November.
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